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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Two-Day Trip to Keelung

Amy Chen & Claire Hsu

This summer vacation, Claire and I were bored, so we planned a two-day trip. We heard from our friend that Keelung was a good place to visit because there are a lot of beautiful scenery and delicious snacks there. Therefore, we decided to go to Keelung to make our summer vacation more interesting.

After we got Keelung at about 14:00, we went to Shimen (Stone) Arch (石門海蝕天然紀念物) first. This is an arch that nature made in a big rock. This arch was enormous! It was big enough for people to climb through. We were amazed by the power of Mother Nature to create such a marvelous and magnificent wonder.
All photos by the authors

Later, we went to Shimen Wedding Plaza (石門婚紗廣場). There we could see the sea. The scenery was beautiful and peaceful. We felt relaxed. There were two couples taking wedding photos there; it was very romantic. We could even feel their happiness.

In the evening, we went to the beach. We played a lot and had a lot of fun. We made sand castles and played in the water with some foreign kids we had met there. After we were exhausted and the color of the sky had become darker, we lit some sparklers. We sat on the beach holding the sparklers in our hands and chatting together. We were very happy.

For dinner, we had some snacks at the Keelung Temple Gate (基隆廟口). The first snack we had was a slush (泡泡冰). There were many flavors, including lemon, milk, strawberry, and peanut. Claire chose the lemon flavor. I could tell it was very sour from her serious frown. We also had Three Brothers Douhua (三兄弟豆花). It was delicious! The douhua was very soft and tender, and the tapioca pearls were springy. What was really special about the douhua was that there was a little bit of lemon juice added in it. Hence, it tasted sweet and a bit sour. We loved it very much! It was wonderful!

Finally, we had Taco Yaki. However, we were a bit disappointed because it was too expensive even though the portion was really big – it cost us NT$ 120, and there were 20 tako yakis per portion! The quantity frightened us, and it took us a lot of time to finish it. After we had finished it, we both felt very uncomfortable. Therefore, you might want to think twice before you buy this snack!

On the second day, we took a bus to JiouFen. We went to Auntie Ah Kam Taro Balls (阿柑姨芋圓) first. Their Taro Ball Ice is their best selling item; you get a lot of really tender, sweet, cool taro balls in this dessert. It helped us cool down on this hot summer day. The seating at Auntie Ah Kam Taro Balls offered great views, too! We saw majestic mountain scenery and beautiful sea scenery. There were also boats floating on the sea. It was beautiful!

       Then we went to JiouFen Secret Base (九份秘密基地). Tickets cost only NT$ 20 for 2 people. There we could try on various costumes. We tried on the traditional Chinese costumes, and Claire said I looked like a lady from long ago. We also tried on princess dresses. The dresses were elegant and gorgeous. Both of us looked classy, so we took a lot of photos. JiouFen Secret Base was an awesome place. We really liked it here.

    We had a good time during our two days in Keelung. It made our summer vacation fantastic and wonderful. We have decided to go there again someday, but we plan to go for more than two days because Keelung is a really great place to travel. If you don’t have much time and can spend only one day in Keelung, we suggest that you go to Keelung Temple Gate (基隆廟口) and JiouFen; otherwise, you will regret it. If you can stay for two days, you can follow our itinerary. We hope you will have as good a time as we did!

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